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Health & Science - November 25 2019 | 11-22-2019

MASSACHUSETTS House and Senate Unanimously Approve HB 4210 The MASSACHUSETTS House and Senate unanimously approve HB 4210 , which would extend MassHealth coverage until age 26 for young adults formerly in Department of Children and Families custody...

Health & Science - November 18 2019 | 11-15-2019

Massachusetts House Approves HB 4183 The MASSACHUSETTS House approves HB 4183 , which would make the Bay State the first to completely ban the sale of all flavored vaping and tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes. The measure moves to the...

Health & Science - November 11 2019 | 11-08-2019

FL Senate Approves SB 172 The FLORIDA Senate Committee on Innovation, Industry, And Technology approves SB 172 , which would block local regulation of over-the-counter drugs and cosmetics, including all sunscreens. The bill, which would grant that...

Governors in Brief - November 4 2019 | 11-01-2019

Judge Upholds Baker’s MA Vaping Ban A Suffolk Superior Court judge rejected a plea from vape retailers to overturn upheld MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker’s (R) emergency ban on vaping. The ruling came hours after health officials announced...

Health & Science - November 4 2019 | 11-01-2019

New York Governor Signs SB 5091 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs SB 5091 , a bill that requires pharmacies to inform patients whenever a Class 1 recall has been issued for a prescription drug they're taking. The notification, which can be made...

Health & Science - October 21 2019 | 10-18-2019

Oregon Liquor Control Commission Imposes Six-Month Moratorium The OREGON Liquor Control Commission imposes a six-month moratorium on the sale of flavored nicotine and cannabis vaping products. The ban comes in the wake of a national outbreak of vaping...

Health & Science - October 14 2019 | 10-11-2019

New York Governor Signs AB 1092 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs SB 1092 , which bars medical professionals from performing pelvic exams on an anesthetized or unconscious person without informed consent. The law takes effect 180 days from that...

Health & Science - October 7 2019 | 10-04-2019

The Missouri Department Of Social Services Makes Announcement The MISSOURI Department of Social Services announces that people participating in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program who hold a doctor-issued medical cannabis card allowing...

Health & Science - September 23 2019 | 09-20-2019

Utah Legislature Unanimously Endorses SB 1002 The UTAH Legislature unanimously endorses SB 1002 , which would scrap a proposed state-centralized system for delivering cannabis to patients in favor of leaving distribution in the hands of private businesses...

Health & Science - September 16 2019 | 09-13-2019

California Governor Signs SB 276 and SB 714 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs two vaccine-related measures: SB 276 , which would allow the state to investigate doctors who grant more than five medical vaccine exemptions in a single year, and SB...

Health & Science - September 9 2019 | 09-06-2019

California Senate Gives Final Approval to SB 276 The CALIFORNIA Senate gives final approval to SB 276 , which would allow the state Department of Public Health to review and potentially reject medical vaccine exemptions written by doctors who have...

Health & Science - September 3 2019 | 08-30-2019

Washington State Health Officer Issues Statewide Standing Order WASHINGTON State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy issues a statewide standing order to allow any person or organization in the state to purchase the overdose reversal drug naloxone from a...

Health & Science - August 19 2019 | 08-15-2019

NH Governor Signs SB 258 NEW HAMPSHIRE Gov. Chris Sununu (R) signs SB 258 , a bill that adds primary care physicians and pediatricians to the list of doctors who can bill the state Medicaid program for visits that happen by phone or video conference...

Health & Science - August 12 2019 | 08-09-2019

Acting Governor Signs A Trio of Gun-related Measures Acting NEW JERSEY Gov. Sheila Oliver (D) signs a trio of gun-related measures: SB 3301 , which requires the Garden State Department of Health to establish a hospital-based violence intervention plan...

Health & Science - August 5 2019 | 08-02-2019

Federal Judge Blocks Three Arkansas Abortion Laws Saying they provide women with “no discernible medical benefit,” a federal judge temporarily blocks three ARKANSAS abortion laws from going into effect. The state is expected to appeal the...

Health & Science - July 22 2019 | 07-19-2019

New Jersey Governor Signs Trio of Opioid-Related Bills NEW JERSEY Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signs a trio of opioid-related bills: AB 3292 , a bill that makes the Garden State the first to require opioid prescriptions to have a warning label to inform patients...

Health - July 15 2019 | 07-12-2019

Connecticut Governor Signs HB 7125 CONNECTICUT Gov. Ned Lamont (D) signs HB 7125 , which among several things requires that health insurers not place more stringent limits on mental health and substance use disorder benefits than for medical and surgical...

Health - July 8 2019 | 07-08-2019

California Senate Health Committee Held SB 347 The CALIFORNIA Senate Health Committee holds SB 347 , a bill that would have required sugar-sweetened beverages to contain a warning label advising consumers of their associated health risks like diabetes...

Health - July 1 2019 | 06-28-2019

CA Assembly Approves SB 78 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves SB 78 , which would mandate that most residents obtain health insurance coverage or pay a penalty. The measure, which would restore the so-called individual mandate implemented under the Affordable...

Health & Science - June 17 2019 | 06-14-2019

AL Governor Signs SB 236 ALABAMA Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signs SB 236 , which will create a commission to study the effects of medical marijuana and renew a current state law that allows cannabis oil to be used for treating seizure disorders in children...

Health & Science - June 3 2019 | 05-31-2019

AL House and Senate Endorse SB 73 The ALABAMA House and Senate endorse SB 73 , a measure that would prohibit pharmacy benefit managers from employing contractual “gag clauses” to forbid pharmacists from telling customers if they can save...

Health & Science - May 20 2019 | 05-17-2019

ME Senate Approves HB 798 The MAINE Senate approves HB 798 , which would abolish all but purely medical exemptions from the state’s school vaccination law. It moves to Gov. Janet Mills (D), who is expected to sign it (PORTLAND PRESS HERALD)....

Health & Science - May 13 2019 | 05-10-2019

TX House Approves HB 3703 The TEXAS House approves HB 3703 , which would add multiple sclerosis, autism, cancer and many other diseases and medical conditions to those eligible to be treated with cannabis oil. The bill, which would also allow for the...

Health & Science - May 6 2019 | 05-03-2019

WA House Gives Final Approval to HB 1638 The WASHINGTON House gives final approval to HB 1638 , which would remove a parents’ ability to seek a personal or philosophical exemption from their children being vaccinated for measles. The measure...

Health & Science - April 22 2019 | 04-19-2019

MT Senate Endorses HB 658 The MONTANA Senate endorses HB 658 , which would extend the Treasure State’s Medicaid expansion, while also adding work requirements and a sunset date of 2025. The measure has returned to the Senate for consideration...

Health & Science - April 15 2019 | 04-12-2019

IL Governor Signs HB 345 ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signs HB 345 , which raises the age for legally buying tobacco products in the Prairie State to 21. The bill, which takes effect on July 1, covers all tobacco and vaping products, including cigarettes...

Health & Science - March 25 2019 | 03-22-2019

US Center for Medicare and Medicaid Gives OH Approval The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gives OHIO approval to impose work requirements for those covered by Medicaid expansion. Under those rules, recipients will need to either be...

Health & Science - March 15 2019 | 03-15-2019

FL House and Senate Approves SB 182 The FLORIDA House and Senate approve SB 182 , which would allow patients to smoke medical marijuana. It moves to Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who pushed the measure and is expected to sign it right away (MIAMI HERALD)...

Health & Science - March 11 2019 | 03-08-2019

GA House Approves HB 213 The GEORGIA House approves HB 213 , which would allow Peach State farmers to cultivate hemp for use in Cannabidiol, or CBD, oils and other products. It moves to the Senate (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION). WA House Approves...

Health & Science - February 25 2019 | 02-22-2019

US Supreme Court Rejects Appeal The U.S. Supreme Court rejects an appeal by MARYLAND to review a ruling by a lower court that invalidated an Old Line State law which barred drug makers from imposing large price increases without first justifying those...

Health & Science - February 18 2019 | 02-15-2019

UT Governor Signs SB 96 UTAH Gov. Gary Herbert (R) signs SB 96 , which implements only a partial expansion of Medicaid, a lesser expansion than what voters endorsed via ballot measure in Nov. 2018. See Governors in this issue for more details (SALT...

Health & Science - February 11 2019 | 02-08-2019

AR House Approves HB 1176 The ARKANSAS House approves HB 1176 , which would set minimum standards for breast milk sharing programs and encourage nonprofits to launch depositories and banks for human breast milk. It moves to the Senate (ARKANSAS GAZETTE...

Health & Science - December 3 2018 | 11-30-2018

IL Governor Vetoes SB 2332 The ILLINOIS House fails to override a veto by Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) of SB 2332 , a bill that would have raised the legal smoking age to 21 (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES).

Health & Science - November 19 2018 | 11-16-2018

OR Health Authority Announces The OREGON Health Authority announces new opioid prescribing guidelines that encourage doctors to seek out alternative pain relief therapies before prescribing opioids for their patients. The guidelines also ask physicians...

Health & Science - October 22 2018 | 10-19-2018

AR Health Officials Announce Health officials in ARKANSAS announce they stripped 4,353 Medicaid recipients of their health coverage for failing to meet state-mandated work requirements. The Razorback State has removed a total of 8,462 people from Medicaid...

Health & Science - October 8 2018 | 10-05-2018

CA Governor Signs AB 3032 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 3032 , which requires hospitals to provide maternal mental health training to clinical staff who work with pregnant and postpartum women and to educate women and families about the...

Health & Science - October 1 2018 | 09-28-2018

CA Governor Signs SB 375 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 910 and SB 375 , which together ban short-term and association health plans, so-called “junk insurance” coverage that is exempt from Affordable Care Act rules, such as accepting...

Health & Science - September 17 2018 | 09-14-2018

TN no longer covers OxyContin In an effort to combat the ongoing opioid abuse epidemic, health insurer BlueCross BlueShield announces it will stop covering OxyContin prescriptions in TENNESSEE . BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee reps say the company...

Health & Science - September 10 2018 | 09-07-2018

AK Governor Signs HB 240 ALASKA Gov. Bill Walker (I) signs HB 240 , which bars gag rules in contracts between pharmacy benefits managers and pharmacies. Gag rules prohibit pharmacists from telling customers of a cheaper option for medication if they...

Health & Science - August 20 2018 | 08-17-2018

IL Governor Signs HB 5245 ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signs HB 5245 , legislation that requires hospitals to train enough medical providers in how to treat sexual assault patients that when a victim arrives, a trained provider is present within...

Health & Science - August 13 2018 | 08-10-2018

CA Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals Rules The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in CALIFORNIA rules that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that...

Health & Science - July 23 2018 | 07-20-2018

MA Supreme Judicial Court Rules The MASSACHUSETTS Supreme Judicial Court unanimously rules that judges can require defendants with substance use disorders to remain drug-free as a condition of probation and send them to jail if they relapse (NEW YORK...

Health & Science - July 16 2018 | 07-13-2018

OK Governor Signs Off On Emergency Rules OKLAHOMA Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signs off on emergency rules issued by the Board of Health which ban the sale of smokable marijuana products in the Sooner State. The Board also endorsed a requirement that medical...

Health & Science - July 9 2018 | 07-06-2018

MA Governor Signs HB 4670 MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signs HB 4670 , so-called “red flag” legislation that allows family or household members to petition the courts for a one-year renewable order suspending gun ownership rights...

Health & Science - June 18 2018 | 06-15-2018

NH Governor Signs SB 488 NEW HAMPSHIRE Gov. Chris Sununu (R) signs SB 488 , which allows doctors at the Manchester Veterans Affairs Medical Center to treat veterans at private hospitals. Although VA doctors will be able to treat veterans at private...

Health & Science - June 11 2018 | 06-08-2018

MA Senate Approves HB 4539 The MASSACHUSETTS Senate approves HB 4539 , so-called “red flag” legislation that would allow the temporary removal of firearms from people considered a danger to themselves or others. The measure returns to the...

Health & Science - June 4 2018 | 06-01-2018

VA Senate Approves Measure The VIRGINIA Senate approves a measure that would make the Old Dominion the 33 rd state to expand Medicaid eligibility under the tenets of the Affordable Care Act. The proposal must return to the House before it can go to...

Health & Science - May 21 2018 | 05-18-2018

MA House Approves HB 4486 The MASSACHUSETTS House approves HB 4486 , legislation that would raise the Bay State smoking age to 21. It is now in the Senate (BOSTON GLOBE). IA Governor Signs HF 2377 IOWA Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) signs HF 2377 , a...

Health & Science - May 14 2018 | 05-11-2018

NH House Approves SB 313 The NEW HAMPSHIRE House approves SB 313 , which would expand Medicaid eligibility to cover an additional 50,000 residents. It has returned to the Senate (UNION LEADER [MANCHESTER]). CO House Approves HB 1436 The COLORADO...

Health & Science - April 23 2018 | 04-20-2018

Going On In MD A federal appeals court strikes down MARYLAND’s first-in-the-nation prescription drug price gouging law. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit said in a 2-to-1 ruling that the 2017 law violates the commerce clause of...